#907: “My hyper-vigilant work bully is bringing up all my old issues about being watched & judged.”

Captain Awkward and the Awkward Army, I recently accepted a position in a line of work that is brand new for me, exciting, mentally stimulating, and will enable me to finally be financially stable. This is all great. Except. Except for one co-worker, a trainee who was hired on at the same time as me … Continue reading #907: “My hyper-vigilant work bully is bringing up all my old issues about being watched & judged.”

#571: How do I get my brother-in-law to stop making me feel like crap?

Dear Captain, My brother-in-law is a joker. He's a very nice man who gets along with everybody, an extrovert. He loves to joke with people, and he usually gives nicknames or uses a personality trait for humor. This is fine most of the time, but the "thing" he chose to use with me hits too … Continue reading #571: How do I get my brother-in-law to stop making me feel like crap?

Question #128: “I’m not being mean, I’m being safe!” or, A primer on shutting down awkward conversations with busybodies.

Dear Captain Awkward, I'm a high school student, and I had a friend who turned into a stalker. My family, and the school counselor have really helped me through a lot of it. However, I need some help explaining to my friends at school, and the friends of the stalker, of how I absolutely will … Continue reading Question #128: “I’m not being mean, I’m being safe!” or, A primer on shutting down awkward conversations with busybodies.

Reader question #72: A long and harrowing tale of dealing with emotional terrorists.

Dear Captain Awkward, I just had the weekend from hell. There was really no foreshadowing that the weekend would work out so horribly, but now that it has, I feel like it's foreshadowing an even more hellish future. I recently relocated with my partner to a beautiful, comfortable city about 2800 miles away from the … Continue reading Reader question #72: A long and harrowing tale of dealing with emotional terrorists.